Public & Digital History

Digital History

Chicana/o Activism in the Southern Plains through Time and Space

This publicly-facing digital mapping project is displayed at The project features an interactive map and timeline along with a collection of materials that detail the Chicana/o Movement in the southern Great Plains. The interactive map and timeline demonstrate when and why the Chicana/o Movement emerged in the Southern Plains. The earliest events that are clearly part of the movement were student-led and aimed at attaining educational equity.

However, the digital history project reveals that instances of police brutality were the principal events that spurred the Plains Chicana/o Movement. Overall, the project shows that the Southern Plains were home to a burgeoning wing of the Chicana/o Movement. Moreover, the region’s portion of the Chicana/o Movement elucidates how it emerged across the country, forming a national social justice movement.

Selected Publications for the Wider Public

Mapping the Chicana/o Movement in the American Heartland

In Visualizing Objects, Places, and Spaces: A Digital Project Handbook, edited byBeth Fischer and Hannah Jacobs. 2020.

Digitally Mapping the Plains’ Chicana/o Movement

The Future of the Past (blog). August 30, 2017.

“Aztlan Park,” “Brown Plaza and Casa de la Cultura,” “La Mujer Obrera,” “Pike Park,” “San Elizario”

Hispanic Texans: Journey from Empire to Democracy, A Guide for Heritage Travelers. Austin: Texas Historical Commission, 2015.

“Where Does Chicano Come From and What Does Chicano Mean?”

El Editor (Lubbock, TX), October 24, 2013.

Research Report

Lead Author. Application for Proposed San Elizario Historical Arts District, San Elizario, Texas. Austin, TX: Office of State Representative Mary E. González, 2013.